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SODO Update: July 15th, 2020

Dear SODO Businesses,

As we continue to navigate this difficult time we will continue to share resources, news, and services that you may find helpful. We understand the concern and impacts of the COVID-19 on our SODO community and are here to help and support in any way we can. We will also continue to share other information that impacts our neighbrhood!

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are here for any issues you may come across!

If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or concerns, please contact me at

Your Voice is needed: West Seattle Bridge Closure

If you live or work in West Seattle, please take the Reconnect West Seattle Survey by July 31st! This survey is your chance to let SDOT and their partners know what you need to move on and off the West Seattle peninsula at similar rates to before the High-Rise Bridge closure, but with a significant reduction in travel lanes.
Additionally, if you live or work in one of the following neighborhoods, please fill out your Neighborhood Prioritization Process Ballot by July 31.

South Park
South West Seattle: Roxhill, Highland Park, Riverview, & South Delridge

The Neighborhood Prioritization Process Ballots enables your neighborhood to prioritize which projects you feel, as a community, will best address the impacts of the High-Bridge closure. The ballots include lists of potential projects that were generated from ideas SDOT received from community, along with some of their own ideas, and projects from existing transportation and neighborhood plans. While a much larger mix of projects remain on SDOT’s radar, they recognize the need for immediate action. Therefore, the lists include projects that can be completed quickly and cost less than $100,000.

We also have paper ballots in the SODO BIA Office. Let us know if you need a few!


Temporary Outdoor Cafe, Merchandise Display, and Vending Permits

SDOT is now offering streamlined, free temporary permits for outdoor cafes, retail merchandise displays, food trucks and vending carts that are valid for up to 6 months:
A temporary outdoor café permit allows restaurant service and outdoor seating on the sidewalk or in curb space parking areas. The appropriate license from Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board is required to serve alcohol.
A temporary merchandise display permit allows a retail business to expand their operations outside into the sidewalk or in curb space parking areas (note: this permit allows sales to occur outside).
A temporary vending permit allows vending of food flowers, or publications on the sidewalk or in curb space parking areas from a truck or cart.

Temporary Outdoor Café Permit

This permit allows restaurant service and outdoor seating on the sidewalk or in curb space parking for up to 6 months. Alcohol service may be allowed through an “Extending Outside Liquor Service” permit through Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB). Download the Alteration Request Form to begin the process. Please contact the WSLCB with any questions about alcohol service.

Find More Information and How to Apply Here!


 We’re working together to get you back to business safely

The Small Business Safe Start Kit provides cloth face coverings, disposable masks, and hand sanitizer at no cost to businesses in King County to help keep employees healthy and safe. We have packages for employers with 1-20 employees, as well as packages for employers with 20 or more employees.

You can sign up now online for either Contact-Less Pickup or Shipping (shipping fees apply). Our first pick-up day will be Wednesday, July 1, and you can register for pick-up based on your location here
We also encourage businesses to use these helpful resources:
King County’s Wear Masks poster – Available in nine languages
King County’s Which Face Covering Should You Wear poster – Available in nine languages
More King County materials and directives about face coverings
Get the most recent updates from King County Public Health

A big thank you to our partners, which so far include: King County, OneRedmond, Seattle Southside Chamber, African Chamber, Auburn Area Connect, Ballard Alliance, Bellevue Chamber, Bothell Kenmore Chamber, Business Health Trust, Covington Chamber, Greater Issaquah Chamber, The Junction, Kent Chamber, Greater Kirkland Chamber, Maple Valley Black Diamond Chamber, Mercer Island Chamber, National Association of Minority Contractors, Queen Anne Chamber, Renton Chamber, Sammamish Chamber, Seattle Latino Metropolitan Chamber, SouthEast Effective Development, SnoValley Chamber, South Lake Union Chamber, SODO Business Improvement Area, Tabor 100, and Woodinville Chamber.

COVID-19: Reopening Your Business

The City launched a series of Phase 2 reopening toolkits for small businesses currently authorized to open per the Governor’s Safe Start plan. The reopening toolkits provide critical information, including a reopening checklist, resources to access Personal Protective Equipment and financial assistance, testing information, and rent and commercial lease assistance. The reopening toolkits are not intended to provide public health guidance, but are meant to distill information from the state and county and make reopening guidance more accessible.

The City has toolkits for the following industries:
Restaurants and taverns
Personal services
Professional services
In-store retail
Fitness and training
Domestic services
The toolkits are available on the City’s new reopening website, and are translated into Amharic, Chinese, Korean, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese. In addition, SDCI produced an occupancy calculator to help businesses determine how many staff and patrons they can have in their establishment to remain in compliance with Phase 2 reopening requirements.

Find More Information Here


Attention SODO Businesses!

We are updating our database and want to make sure we have the correct contact and business information. Please fill out this form, scan it and send to or call 206-294-3285

Find the Form Here!

OED Small Business COVID-19 Weekly Webinar

As COVID-19 is a rapidly developing issue, OED will be holding weekly calls to share new developments, hear about the impacts you are experiencing, and answer your questions. Please join every Wednesday, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Register here
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